So You Won Your Social Security Disability Case: Now What?

Social security benefits have been around for a long time in the US. This system enables society to support those who aren’t able to earn as much as others, whether this is because they are a single parent, can’t find work, or have a disability. 

While Social Security has been around for a long time, though, a lot of people are still confused about what to expect when they have had their case approved. Let’s take a look at how your social security benefits will work once you’ve won a social security disability case.

When Will You Be Paid?

In most cases, you will be paid your social security benefits within 1 to 2 months of winning your case. It can take longer than this, but you can only take action once it gets past 3 months, at which point you will need to talk to your attorney to query the issue with the payment center. Once the ball is rolling, you should receive your benefits each month or in line with the agreement you have with the SSA.

How Much Will You Get?

The amount of money you will receive depends on your current circumstances, with your income, expenses, and ability to earn all being factored into the final decision. You will be given an estimate of your benefits in your Social Security file before you receive the first payment, though this can end up being recalculated before you actually get paid.

There are three main types of support you can receive with SSA disability benefits: regular monthly payments to support living, medical benefits, and family benefits. Medical benefits will kick in two years after you are approved for Social Security disability benefits, while family benefits will be included in your first payment.

When Can You Spend Your Benefits?

You will receive a Notice of Award at around the same time that you get your first benefits payment. This gives you all of the information you need to know about the help you’re receiving, including the amount of money going to your attorney for their work. You may receive a payment before you get your Notice of Award.

In this case, it’s usually best to wait until you’ve had confirmation that your attorney’s fees have been taken out of your benefits, or you could end up spending money you need to pay back. Once you have received your Notice of Award, you can start to spend your benefits on whatever you like.

Being disabled isn’t something that anyone plans for themselves. It can be hard to know what sort of help you can get to overcome issues like these, but a social security attorney can provide you with all of the support you need to get through this process. The government is always there to help those who can’t help themselves; you just have to look for support.

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